Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Thoughts about Bikes and Red Nail Polish


Whether you're a native New Yorker or a tourist, riding your bike in Central Park or along the edge of Manhattan is a wonderful way to spend an afternoon. A really unique time to ride your bike in the city is when Park Ave is closed for Summer Streets.


I have a bike, but honestly sometimes I'm intimidated to ride outside the parks :/ I'm happy though that steps are being taken to make NYC more bicycle-friendly: new bike lanes are being installed (one is going in now on 1st Ave in the Upper East Side) and there is talk of bringing are plans for a bike share program in the city.

Here are some great resources for NYC bicyclists:
NYC bike maps
A New Street Code for NYC Cyclists
Transportation Alternatives

Let's talk red nail polish. If I hadn't received Orly Haute Red as a gift from my dad, honestly I probably wouldn't have bought it. With so many crazy colors out there - duochromes, multichromes, holos - my eyes pass by the red cremes. But I would have seriously been missing out because Haute Red was love at first brush stroke. Haute Red has changed my opinion of red polish from "meh" to "YAY" :)


Over CND StickyHaute Red applied evenly and with impressive control. There is nothing runny about it - I might as well have been painting my nails with a permanent marker. Haute Red is also very pigmented. One coat was almost good enough, but I used two to cover up some faint visible nail line-age.

Haute Red has a dash of orange in it so I wanted to see how it compared to Essie Olé Caliente.


Olé Caliente is creamier and more coral than Haute Red. In the bright lighting above, the difference is subtle but if you saw this in person there's no way these colors could pass for dupes.

Here's a low light photo - while this photo won't win any awards, you can get a much better idea of how different these colors are ;)


I love that the permanent line of Orly polishes are sold in "mini" versions and can be purchased individually. OPI and Sephora by OPI also offer mini polishes, but they are sold in sets. Worth noting that at 5.4ml, the "mini" Orly polishes are less than a third the size of a "full sized" 18ml Orly polish. The price for the minis is between $3 -$4.

In New York City, Orly polish can be purchased at Bed Bath & Beyond, CVS, Manhattan Beauty Supply, and Ricky's.

Are you on team red nail polish? What red polish was it that won you over?

30 comments:

  1. I have always loved red polish - esp on my toes! Like you, since really getting into nails and nail art, I don't wear as much red. My fave reds are China Glaze Treat me Like a Queen and OPI Soho Nice to Meet You.

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    1. I'll admit I had to look both of those up :O I love the almost metallic /jewel-toned look of both, they seem pretty rare!

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    1. Thanks, I'll def be taking a closer look at reds now!

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  3. OPI's the thrill of brazil won me over! Love it and love that Orly colour too!

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    1. *sigh* Thrill of Brazil is sooo beautiful!!!

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    1. I love that red can be edgy or classy depending on what you're wearing with it!

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  5. beautiful! I just ordered the Essie one, now I can't wait to try it on :D

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    1. Oh Elsa you'll love it :) Can't wait to see it on you!

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  6. This red is gorgeous on you! And I looooove reds ♥ especially the all time classic China Glaze Ruby Pumps!

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    1. Red look GREAT on you :) Would you believe I don't own Ruby Pumps? I have a Savina that is close though...

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  7. Haute Red is gorgeous! I'm a sucker for red polishes...

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  8. I use red nail polish very rarely, I mean, I have more than 180 bottles and only 10 are red or coral! My favourites are China Glaze Salsa and Rimmel Coral Romance.
    Haute Red look so pretty on you (and your Dad was so sweet!).
    I´m a big fan of minis, especially Orly and Mavala. Here in Argentina they are U$S 7 :-(
    Frolic, Samba and Calyso Breeze are so good!

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    1. Great suggestions, Julie! I'll def take a look at the Mavalas... I've seen them a few times here but honestly haven't paid close enough attention to them :o

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  9. I'd only ever worn hot candy-colored reds (Zoya's Haley is the only one currently in my stash) until I Kristen Wiig's short, dark red nails in Bridesmaids. I prefer to wear my nails pretty short, and a red with just the right depth would be chic and a little bit fierce instead of looking too boring, safe, or matronly. It can't be too brown; it can't be too blue, it can't be too dark or too bright. Right now I'm wearing Essie's Forever Yummy. I don't think it's quite what I had in mind, but I've been pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoy different reds as I search for the right one!

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    1. Chic and fierce! Those are the perfect words :) Red polish needs to be just the right shade, you're totally right. Skin tone plays a big part in picking the right one, too. Forever Yummy looks a lot like the color Kristen Wiig wore, doesn't it? And do we know what color that was? I can't seem to find anything about it other than many girls love it!

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    2. I've looked everywhere for an actual polish name, but surprisingly haven't even found a round-up of possible ways to recreate the look. The next one I'm going to try might be OPI's Malaga WIne.

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  10. that red is eye-catching!
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  12. My favorite red currently is OPI Got The Blues For Red. :)

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    1. Oh wait, I take that back! I forgot about my Milani Ruby Jewels!

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    2. Oh Ruby Jewels is a great pick! I'm having so much fun reading about everyone's favorite reds!

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  13. I think my favorite red is Essie Geranium. It's so vivid and bright! I have a habit of shoving my nails in people's faces and going "look how pretty!" and I did that a lot with Geranium.

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    1. Ooo I just looked up a picture - that's a great orangey red! Wonder how it would compare to Ole Caliente!

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  14. I am a guy that lives in Southern California so I live in women's open toe sandals all year. I like women's sandals because of the many styles and because men's sandals are so ugly. I have tried all colors on my toes but always come back to red and wear red polish on my toes at least 95 percent of the time. My favorite red polish is OPI Big Apple Red because in my opinion it is a true red that doesn't lean toward orange or pink. It is just a really pretty true-red. My skin is very white and I get a lot of compliments when I wear Big Apple Red on my toes and therefore it is my go-to polish. I really love your pics of the Orly Haute Red so much that I will purchase a bottle at Sally Beauty Supply and give it a try at my next pedicure appointment this Thursday. Another really pretty red that I have been trying to find is Zoya Sookie. Do you know there I can purchase Zoya Sookie other than online? One of my coworkers was wearing it on her toes so we compared the polished on our toes and her Zoya Sookie polish was a little brighter than my OPI Big Apple Red so I would like to give it a try.

    For me, red polish is perfect for my toes. When I'm having a bad day it cheers me up to look down and see ten pretty red toenails peeking out of my sandals. Thank you for the recommendation of Orly Haute Red. I can't wait to try it!

    Jamie :-)

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    1. Hi Jamie, great to hear from you! Do you have an Ulta by you? Zoya polishes are sold there. They may also be sold in a salon by you. You could contact Zoya's customer service, they may be able to suggest some places. Zoya online does run great promos though that stores don't! You might want to check out Rekha in addition to Sookie, it's another great red. Hope you like Haute Red, would love to hear what you think :)

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  15. Hi Amy,

    I picked-up a bottle of Haute Red from Sally Beauty for $6 and took it with me to my pedicure appointment. I usually wear OPI Big Apple Red on my toes so that first thing that I did was to compare the bottles. As we all know, polish never looks that same on nails as in the bottle. When comparing the bottles, I immediately noticed that Haute Red is a little brighter than Big Apple Red. When the nail tech applied it to my toes, it was love at first sight. Two coats is perfect. It is a really true red that fiery, sassy, and fun! It may be a bit much for some folks to wear on their fingers, but it is perfect for toes. It is also a classic red that goes well with any color of sandal and should be fine for all seasons. I always bring Seche Vite Base and Top Coat to my pedicures appointments because I love the wear-ability and beautiful shine that they add to the color. I can't believe how beautiful and shiny the Haute Red is with the Seche Vite Top Coat. I wish there was a way to post a pic on your blog so that you can see but I can't figure out how to do it. Thank you for the review on this wonderful red polish. I'm sure that my toes will be wearing it in all season.

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